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They are a durable bunch

10 August 2012

Ben Futcher on a busy week and looking forward to Middlesbrough

‘This isn’t the start to the season that we were expecting with the gaffer leaving, but it’s happened – it was a shock, but we just have to get on with it.  We’ve got this game on Saturday and there’s no better game to play than somebody like Middlesbrough coming here.

It’s the first time I’ve seen a League Cup game being the first game of the season, it’s great to see a Championship team like Middlesbrough coming to Gigg though.  It’s the sort of game that players like to get up for and look forward to.

To the players, it doesn’t matter what sort of game it is, they just want to get the season started.  They are fed up of pre-season friendlies, fed up of pre-season training.  Everyone is ready to play, and whether it’s a cup game of a league game – they just want to get going.

The gaffer’s departure was a pretty major shock to us to be honest.  Nobody was expecting it and it came out of the blue, but good luck to him.  He’s done a fantastic job here and good luck to him at Crawley.  His family live in Brighton and that’s obviously played a massive part in his decision to go there.  Family does come first.

I’m here just as a part of the coaching team, Peter Shirtliff has taken over for the moment and I have been asked to help and I will do whatever I can and whatever I am asked to do to help this club go forward.

The players do not need a lift; footballers are a lot more durable than people think.  They are contracted to the club, not the manger.  It’s their jobs to carry on and to be fair to them, the training has been fantastic over the last few days, they have responded really well and that’s just what we are looking for.  I 

know they are all looking forward to Middlesbrough.

There will be a little uncertainty in the coming weeks; I’ve been through that myself in the past.  Players like to know who they are playing for, but at the end of the day they just have to get on with their jobs, get back to playing but everyone is fully behind Shirty.

Losing the manager like this is a sign that the club is doing well, it’s a compliment to the club that other clubs want to come in and take our staff.  We’ve been going in the right direction for the last couple of years and its fantastic, but the players have been in this situation before.  They are a durable bunch and they will do well for us.

I’ve been asked to help out as well as the role of development coach.  People will have their own ideas on what happens next and I am sure that there a millions and one names being mentioned.  We will focus on what we have to do, we have this game on Saturday and are not looking any further than that.’


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